Engaging and consulting with disabled people in the development and implementation of legislation and policy

Engagement and consultation with persons with disabilities ensure that the lived experience of disability is used to inform the development and implementation of legislation and policies, and other decision-making processes concerning issues relating to persons with disabilities. Increasingly in Ireland, disabled persons are represented by Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs). Engagement with such representative organisations is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


This paper seeks to briefly explain the landscape of disability stakeholders in Ireland, the growing role of DPOs, the obligations that government and public bodies have in consulting with persons with disabilities through their representative organisations, and advice on carrying out such consultation.

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